Well, here we all are. Mid-September, and who would have thought these was still so much ON. Don't you people ever stop? Thanks for making my job as Seizure Round-Up cowgirl so darn easy. Here are just a few things that came up this week:
The National Young Writers Festival is on next month and yeee-hah the program finally dropped (not that that stopped you organising your sweet Newcastle carpool already). They've got a snazzy new site full of snazzy things for you to see and do between October 3-6. Think food fiction, book club battles, DIY theatre, Animalia dress ups, map-making and lots of synthesised sounds (Two Thousand have a great wrap-up here). Seizure will be there with an 'everyday flashers' event, the details are here. Make sure you're also all over the program for TiNA, cause they're always big part of the festival.There are still some opportunities to get your own writing out there too, so go exploring an get involved!
The EWF fun is over for many, but not for TASMANIAN WRITERS! The festival is coming to Hobart from Oct 31–Nov 2 with a whole program for emerging writers. Details are up for the Digital Writers Conference, and it's looking pretty darn fine.
Story Club is coming up on Monday, with a whole line-up of readings around the theme 'Don't Mention the War'. Oh yes, think repression, shame and woe (and also Dr Craig Emerson, David Cunningham and more). Don't forget to buy your tix!
PPR also has the first of it's 'Details Unknown' series of events coming up next Friday. Head over to hear a talented bunch of writers combining their imaginitve powers around a creepy pic from the police archives.
The Man Booker Prize Shortlist was announced this week. No aussie underdogs to root for this year, but keep an eye on 28-year-old (yes people, 28 *gives up*) New Zealand author, Eleanor Catton, with her 800+ page epic 'The Luminaries'.
Peter Rose of the Australian Book Review has kindly put together a post full of advice for new reviewers. If you're looking to refine your skills, or are just interested or a little bit curious in the fine art of book reviewing - this is a must-read. You'll be thanking Mr Rose later.
Over on Galleycat a top literary journal editor shares their top 5 tips for submitting your work, and makes the slush pile seem like a brighter place to be.
Miscellaneous world wide web:
If you've ever spent ten minutes deciding between 'kind regards'/'best wishes'/'many thanks'/'cheers' for your email sign-off, then this video is for you. You are not alone. Emails are weird.
Or if you've ever just wanted to give up on the internet altogether, know that you also wouldn't be alone. Australian author, Charlotte Wood has done just that (after a grand twitter send-off!). You can read about her 'unwired week' on SMH here.
Oh and Tumblr launched a book club...